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Old 02-16-2012, 11:35 PM   #1
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Just scored a new 75 gallon tank.
Came with:
A nice three compartment, two door stand.
A Penguin 350b.
Glass lids.
A 48 inch strip light, bulb says T10.
Three pieces of driftwood and a ton of large gravel.
One Jack Dempsey, in bad shape.

T'was all FREE! Unless you count the heavy labor getting it torn down, moved and set back up in under four hours with two small children underfoot.

Yes, I need to upgrade the filter. Suggestions welcome.

Lights: What to do with this T10? Can I replace the bulb with a T8? Fixture says 40 watt max and is 48 inches. I flickers when turned on if that makes a difference.

The JD is going to the LSF if they will take it. I think I may nurse him back to health first though. I'll get pics and post for help tomorrow as the tank is a bit cloudy right now.

Stock suggestions welcome. I would really like a Knife fish and Angels. I will plant it when the JD gets rehomed. BTW, if anybody's want to come and get him PM me.
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T10 and T8 are pretty well interchangeable, if it flickers either the bulb or the starter is going. As for the filter, either 1 or 2 aquaclear 110's depending on how heavily the tank will be stocked. Unless you're going to pack it full of Malawi mbuna a single 110 and an air-driven sponge filter should be plenty.
A brown or black African knife and angels would be fine in that size tank. A BGK or clown knife would outgrow the tank sooner or later, likely sooner. Other options would be a zebra or Carapo knife, but the Carapo would be too rough for angels. They're nasty enough to hang with much larger/meaner cichlids than angels.
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:08 AM   #3
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I want to see pics! at least when your all done.
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Old 02-17-2012, 09:01 AM   #4
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It's a little dirty still as I was in a hurry to get it set up so the fish could go back in.
The Penguin 350 is not doing much so I think I'm going to buy a new filter today. I really want to try a Fluval C4 but fear it's too small. My only real choice would be an AquaClear 110 or a canister, no?
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I would've snatched that sucker up and torn it down with kids underfoot too!! FREE....I'm jealous!
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I would've snatched that sucker up and torn it down with kids underfoot too!! FREE....I'm jealous!
Yup. My buddies are about to have a new baby boy so they needed the room. They just said "take it, it's yours".

There was a bunch of white stuff growing on the driftwood. It was not fluffy as such, more spikey, small and soft but nearly covering it. I scrubbed it off before thinking to take a pic. Searched the web for similar pics and found nothing. It was only on the driftwood. Any idea what it was? I'll get a pic if it grows back.
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Hi i have a fluval 305 and 306 on my 75 gallon and it seems they are doing a good job
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:37 PM   #8
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I have a Fluval 406 on my 67g and its awesome!

The white stuff on teh DW was probably a fungus that almost all DW gets, it will disappear with time i believe and is harmless. If you really hate it then just scrub or vacume it off.
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Contemplating a Fluval 406, an AquaClear 110, or a SunSun 304.

For the price and shear umphf it is looking like the SunSun can't be beat.
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Have a question about spray bar placement...

Would it be best to place the output spray bar so it shoots back to front or side to side? Does it matter? It seems that circulation would be better side to side.
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